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Record 1742

Reading Experience:

Mary Lamb to Mrs Morgan and Charlotte Brant, 22 May 1815: 'Godwin has just published a new book ... Wordsworth has just now looked into it and found these words "All modern poetry is nothing but the old, genuine poetry , new [vam]ped, and delivered to us at second, or twentieth hand." In great wrath he took a pencil and wrote in the margin "That is false, William Godwin. Signed William Wordsworth."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 22 May 1815
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:William Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Godwin
Title: Lives of Edward and John Philips, Nephews and Pupils of Milton
Genre: History, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1815
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1742  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 94
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 94,, accessed: 20 June 2024

Additional comments:

From entry 180 (ii)in Wu (1995); quotation from Edwin W. Marrs, Jr., ed., The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb (3 vols., 1975-78) 3:161.



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